Sunday: Turning breezy and milder, with scattered showers and areas of patchy fog. High in the low to mid 40s. Southwest wind at 5 to 10mph.
Sunday Night: Partially clearing skies and becoming blustery and cold. Low in the upper 20s to low 30s. West / Northwest wind at 10 to 15mph. Wind Chills in the upper teens to low 20s.
Monday: Partly Cloudy, windy and very cold… with scattered flurries. High in the low 30s. Northwest wind at 10 to 15mph, gusts over 25mph. Wind Chills in the upper teens to low 20s.
A return to winter for the Hudson Valley… as it was the first time most of the area has seen snow in several weeks.
The storm behaved quite well, in terms of what was expected. Snowfall forecasts of 1 to 3 inches were largely what was seen around the region. The storm saw the snow convert to sleet and freezing rain late in the afternoon… and change to rain by mid to late evening. When many winter storms can be choc full of surprises, this storm played by the rules, and limited the surprises.
That was no consolation to local residents who needed to travel on Saturday. The snowfall hit hard and fast during the early afternoon, and that led to road conditions deteriorating rapidly. Countless reports of accidents and treacherous roads, as road crews tried to keep up. We’ll have snow totals from the National Weather Service in the Monday Outlook… as the data is incomplete at this hour.
After a snowy Saturday… a damp day awaits us on Sunday. Warm air will try to surge up ahead of a cold front, but the shallow layer of cold air at the surface will put up quite a fight. Originally we expected to see temperatures soar into the 50s… but it now looks like the cold will hold, and temps will struggle out of the upper 30s for much of the valley. Either way, we’ll see one more day of temperatures above normal. Then the bottom falls out…
Arctic air will come in waves over the next several days. The first shot hits on Monday… when we will see highs struggle to reach the freezing mark. Then an Alberta Clipper takes aim on the Hudson Valley for Tuesday. The details can all be found on the HVW 5 Day Forecast.
So many snow lovers have been fighting off despair ever since the Thanksgiving snowstorm. What gets lost on most snow lovers, is that the event was an anomaly. Our average November snowfall is 1.3″… that storm gave Poughkeepsie 8.5″. So ever since, people held the winter to that standard… and when December saw the pendulum swing in the other direction (+5.0° compared to average)… the snow hounds have been howling.
So we here at HVW haven’t forgotten about the Winter Warriors. And so… we present you with… Wednesday:
This is NOT the Polar Vortex… but the effects will be very similar. When temperatures fall below freezing Sunday night, they likely won’t climb back above freezing for 5 or more days. Wednesday night’s low temperature could be near 5°… Thursday’s high won’t get much beyond 15°… and we’ll have a shot at a couple inches of snow on Tuesday, and maybe another inch or two on Friday. While we don’t have a major east coast storm for you… we are proud to be able to present you with the return of winter at least.
Ok… it’s LATE, and my sense of humor is falling asleep. Thanks so much for your support. I know I say that a lot… but it does blow me away from time to time. That I get to do this, and share it with you… it’s awesome. So thank you. Have a great Sunday!